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Stop And Smell the Roses
July 05, 2016

A Snickers fix for those that need one (right Martie).

How was your weekend?

I know Canada celebrated "Canada Day" July 1st.

America celebrated Her Independence on July 4th.

I have a Friend native to Nepal and now an American citizen.

He takes his 'Citizenship' and pride in the 'American Flag', very serious.

More than many Born citizens, or so it seems.

After he took his citizenship vows, I gave him his first American flag.

It was pretty cool.

I take pride in my country and the 4th of July.

It is after all, 'America's Birthday'.

I hope you enjoyed your celebrations, picnics, camping , or what ever. but please remember this...

Freedom comes with a great price.

My dad would always say something like this.

"Once the 4th come and goes, summer is all down hill. it is gone before you know it."

It almost seems to be true.

Or is it because we make it that way?

I'm referring to our busyness.

Always on the go.

Stuff to do, places to be.

Getting caught up in our own challenges with life.

Often forgetting the good.

It got to a point in my life where I would almost dread turning the calendar from June to July and celebrate the 4th.

After all, who wants to have summer fly by.

I've been waiting months for this.

You too?

Bring back May and June.

It finally occurred to me, so much is what we make of it.

You and I can choose to slow down and enjoy the coming season, or we can continue at a break neck speed and wonder how and why, everything passed us by.

I know this, at least once a year I write on slowing down.

The importance of your surroundings and so on.

It is difficult at times, but I do attempt to slow down just a bit from time to time.

I call them, "My do nothing days".

The past six months we have had to put two cats (Lorna and Bobbi Sue), to sleep.

Our Vet once told me, that this is a final act of kindness for your pets.

When we were finished putting in the new floor, we had to get rid of Ziggy, the Toy Poodle.

Ziggy is a lover.

He is also an excessive barker.

Worse yet, a very insecure dog.

I noticed him starting to mark certain spots in the house.

Horror, upon horrors, a black light brought the truth to light.

Ziggy had to go (we tried, trust me.... we tried).

This hurts, our fur kids are part of the family.

Instead of the animal shelter, or put to sleep, our Veterinarian's assistant has a friend.

Her friend lives in the country and has an Autistic son 10-12 years old.

Ziggy has found his calling in life, as the boy and Ziggy are now best of buds.

Say what you want, but to us, we see the hand of God in this.

A special boy is happy and has a new friend.

Ziggy is secure, loved, with no issues.

We also had month of hospital time and issues with Yolanda.

The stress of a major remodel job.

Plus the daily bumps and bruises.

Well, you get the idea.

We are emotionally, physically, and mentally drained.

Thankfully God sustains us and keeps our spirits from falling.

(Butterfly weed.)

I share with you, so you might know I am a real person writing this.

Also, I know and understand the daily grind and issues you may have.

Finances, health, concern for loved ones.

Cars always break down when you can least afford the repair bill.

The hustle of work, or maybe disliking your job.

Knots in the stomach................ I've been there.

All the time and labor you put into your home and gardens.


I'm whipped just thinking of it all :-)

Before summer passes you by, and you wonder where it went.

Heed the phrase....... "Stop and Smell the roses".

Or maybe the Lavender, or Monarda.

Maybe your herb garden.

(This year I discovered 'French Tarragon' as a very aromatic and tasty herb.)

Yes, stop and smell.

Awaken the senses.

Calm the nerves.

Pick a day, any day.

Have your own "Do Nothing Day".

Rest, recharge, open your eyes.

Allow your mind to soak up the beauty that surrounds you.


Slow down a bit.


As I grow older..... I'm not quite the 'Sage'.

I do however, hope to pick up some wisdom along the way.

No longer is the perfectly groomed flower bed or lawn, paramount.

Who cares if a neighbor wonders why I'm not Johnny on the spot.

It's important that I have time for me.

I can now have those sit around and do nothing days.

Read a book, have a nice glass of iced tea

Not often enough, especially in the spring, but I find some time.

I am redundant here, however the research that continues on stress, blood pressure, our eating habits, and more, continues to pile up.

All of the above contribute to a shorter and miserable life.

Research also shows us that watching and caring for nature helps with all of the above.

This past week, I have watched the Tree swallows fledge.

As if shot out of a cannon, six youngster urged on by parents.

They flew around a bit and were gone.

I didn't have my camera, I didn't know this was going to happen.

I experienced the loss of the baby chickadees.

I went to monitor the house this past Wednesday and it was empty.

I knew it was too soon for that.

I then found a couple of young wings as neat as could be chopped off at the shoulder.

A reminder that nature is very harsh and only 25% of all birds hatched will ever see their 1st birthday.

I also am watching a pair of Red-belly woodpeckers bring and teach their three fledglings the fine art of peanuts and peanut feeders.

(Picture is blurry, but you get the idea.)

A second wave of Baltimore orioles are bringing newly fledged youngsters to be fed grape jelly.

This is worth a smile.

This is why I 'Garden for Wildlife'

(Red and Fox Squirrels, the Red is the little one)

Whether it is at the beach, Sitting in your gardens, walking a woodland trail, or drowning a worm.

Nature is where it is at.

The beauty, and yes, harsh reality.

Stop and smell the roses.

While you are at it, do you have a loved one to share with?

Even if it is a neighbors young child or grand child.

Share this wealth with others.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless and relax a little.

“When we tire of well-worn ways, we seek for new.

This restless craving in the souls of men spurs them to climb,

and to seek the mountain view.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Why simple climb and seek a view.

Jesus says metaphorically, we can move that mountain.

He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Matthew 17:20

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed,
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority,
lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued,

“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy,
generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
The same fight is going on inside you –
and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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